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GTO Engineering Reveals first Complete Casting for All-New Lightweight V12 Engine

By: GTO Engineering | Photos Courtesy of: GTO Engineering

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GTO Engineering has announced two crucial updates to its all-new ground-up built Squalo. The first block of its bespoke 4.0-litre V12 engine has been cast by Grainger and Worrall in preparation for on-road testing next year. Meanwhile, Alexander Aucken joins the company full-time as Chief Technical Officer to lead production.

Squalo is designed, devised and developed as a sub-1,000 kg sports car celebrating the best of Sixties motoring combined with modern, motorsport-derived engineering. It will be powered by an all-new 4.0-litre quad-cam V12 engine, which will be designed, developed and assembled in-house and targets an ambitious weight of less than 165kg.

Partnering with Grainger and Worrall for casting, the first engine blocks have been manufactured, and will be transported to GTO Engineering’s UK HQ to be assembled using its bespoke in-house machined engine internals. Once assembly has been completed, the first engine will be installed in one of the company’s Revival platforms for on-road mule testing and extensive dynamometer time in Q2 2022.

First casting for GTO Engineering's Squalo V12 engine
First casting for GTO Engineering’s Squalo V12 engine

Joining at a pivotal part of Squalo production as Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Alexander Aucken’s responsibilities include planning and coordinating engineering operations to ensure key development targets are met and production specification is homologated for international markets. Alexander, with the internal team and external consultants, have one strict purpose – to make the Squalo both as light and as enjoyable to drive as possible.

Managing Director and Founder of GTO Engineering, Mark Lyon said: “2022 is a pivotal year for Squalo, to build on the foundations and strict goals we’ve set for our bespoke ground-up build. The engine, which is one of the most integral parts of Squalo, is entering an exciting phase with our new partner, ready for assembly and testing from our facility next year. In order to bring the project together we’ve brought in industry talent in the form of Alexander Aucken, who we are thrilled to have on board as Chief Technical Officer.”

“GTO Engineering’s Squalo engine build is a project that we are very excited to be a part of. It’s not every day that we get the opportunity to build from scratch the lightest V12 engine ever seen in a road car. With our combined experience in castings, engineering, technical and material solutions, we are confident that Squalo’s V12 engine will not only hit the weight target of sub-165 kg, but will also be one of the most engaging and probably last-of-the line naturally aspirated V12 engines ever fitted to a production road car.” – Executive Director of Grainger and Worrall, James Grainger

First casting for GTO Engineering's Squalo V12 engine
First casting for GTO Engineering’s Squalo V12 engine

The appointment of Alexander Aucken and the Squalo project will lift GTO Engineering from being not just a leading historic Ferrari specialist but move them to the forefront of high tech, modern automotive engineering with a Sixties styling and modern driving feel. The already defined partially composite structure of the Squalo, developed in collaboration with Randle Engineering, is at the forefront of current automotive practices.

A half-scale prototype of Squalo has already been revealed and exhibited at the 2021 Goodwood Revival, creating a lot of excitement and bringing positive feedback. The model will soon become a full-scale production vehicle and scheduling is still on track with first production cars expected Q4 2023.

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